Monday, September 25, 2006

Death Penalty - Venezuela

There's no death penalty in Venezuela and if I'm correct the max you can get sentenced to is 30 years, but that doesn't mean jails in Venezuela are a walk in the park. Our prisions are way overcrowded and human rights are violated in every possible way, filled with violence, drugs, guns and corrupted guards even in minimum security prisions.

That leaves us with a double standard, in one hand you have people and government opposed 100% to death penalty for humanitarian reasons, while in the other you have inmates living a less-than-human life behind bars, where there's a pretty good chance you will get stabbed or hooked on drugs instead of becoming a productive member of society.

I understand it's a very complex subject but neither the politicians or the government are doing a real effort to improve the situation, and why would they? Most of the people prefer to look the other way.

I've never been in jail or dead, but after you talk to someone who survived prision, it makes you wonder which one is worst.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jock said...

I forgot to mention one brazilian tipícal situation. The organized crime. I don´t know if it was reported one your local news, but we had a severe violence in São Paulo some months ago. The criminals use cellphones on the prision, communicate, get organized and promote violent events. They even command the traffic.
Everybody know that the cellphones get inside the prision by corrupts lawyers. The prisional system "closes his eyes" to this, and let this mess to go on.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Desiree said...

The prison situation does not sound very good in Venezuela, Rebelde. It most definitely is a very complex subject, and there would be no one perfect solution, but it sounds like something should be changed - the politicians and the police need to work together to get a grip on this.

2:56 PM  

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